The Primary Program

The Primary Program is a comprehensive three year program in which all students start at age three and stay with us until the end of their Master Year, the Montessori equivalent of the traditional Kindergarten year. 


Students in our Primary Program classrooms range in age from 3 to 6 years old.  They form a multi-age classroom community.  Each child develops their own interests and abilities in a specially designed classroom environment that enables them to become independent, confident, and kind.


Montessori materials appeal to a child’s love of order and their natural curiosity! Activities that strengthen fine motor control,  lengthen concentration, develop natural curiosity and explore new skills and concepts are available for children to practice and refine at their own pace.  Math, language, science, art, music, sensorial, practical life and nature based activities inspire children to learn while they explore.


Classrooms of mixed ages enables younger children to learn from the older children. The older children reinforce their own learning this way and develop a love of sharing and helping their fellow classmates which sets the tone of kind and caring classrooom.


Children socialize, collaborate, and work independently under the guidance from our teachers who are experienced Association Montessori International (AMI) and certified BC teachers and assistants.


We encourage you to observe our Primary Programs in Nanaimo and Parksville Campus and are happy to share our programs and school with you.  Covid policies are in place, so please email or call the office to find out more.


Our waitlists are lengthy. We encourage families to apply early and learn as much as you can about the Montessori approach.  


Did you know you can begin to incorporate Montesssori principles into your home life from birth? Give us a call if you're looking for some good resources to start your Montessori At Home journey.


Please click here to add your family to the waitlist.


Programs Offered

Our programs run 5 days a week to provide a consistent and continuous learning environment for our young students.


Nanaimo Campus:

  • Before School Care      8:00 am to 8:30 am 
  • 5 Days to Noon             8:30 am to 12:00 pm
  • 5 Days to 3:00              8:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • 5 Days to 5:00              8:30 am to 5:00 pm


Parksville Campus:

  • 5 Days to Noon            8:30 am to 12:00 pm
  • 5 Days to 3:00              8:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • 5 Days to 5:00              8:30 am to 5:00 pm


Affordable Child Care Benefit plans (formerly BC Childcare Subsidy) are accepted and we are registered in the BC Fee Reduction program.  


We are a non-profit school, and keep our rates in line with other local programs. Please contact the school for the current fee schedule.


An Infant-Toddler program is in development and slated to open Fall 2022.



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